Lyrebird Lookout Loop
Dharug & Gundungurra Country

30 min to 40 min

990 m
circuit

↑ 90 m
↓ -90 m

Moderate track
This walk offers a quick and quiet retreat from the popular Conservation Hut. The walk cuts through heath, passing a picnic shelter to open out onto the grand views of Lyrebird Lookout, looking over the Jamison Valley and Valley of the Waters. Let us begin by acknowledging the Dharug & Gundungurra people, Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present. 
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Conservation Hut. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Track beside Conservation Hut. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Picnic shelter along Shortcut track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Sign on track. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Heading south-east from Conservation Hut. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lyrebird Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
View from Lyrebird Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
Lyrebird Lookout. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
The track between the Shortcut and the Overcliff. | Photo by Matt McClelland (wildwalks), 2008.
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Safer Bushwalks
Tips on staying safe on track
Before you start any bushwalk ensure you;
• Tell someone you trust where you are going and what to do if you are overdue
• Have adequate equipment, supplies, skills & knowledge for the whole journey
• Consider the impact of weather forecasts, park/track closures & fire dangers
• Can respond to emergencies & call for help at any point
• Are healthy and fit enough for this journey
If not, change plans and stay safe. It is okay to delay and ask people for help.
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Getting There
Transport options and directions
Start At the intersection of Valley of the Waters Track & Nature Track (-33.7202926,150.3628765)
Mode Bus Car (There is free parking available.)
DirectionsFrom Great Western Highway, A32
  • Turn on to Valley Road then drive for 1 km
  • Turn right onto Fitzgerald Street and drive for another 90 m
  • Turn right onto Fletcher Street and drive for another 60 m
  • Continue onto Fletcher Street and drive for another 55 m
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Track Notes
Turn by turn instructions & maps
Getting started
From Conservation Hut, this walk follows the 'Valley of the Waters' sign down some timber and dirt steps passing a couple of picnic shelters. The track soon leads to the signposted intersection with the 'Short Cut Track' (still in view of the Conservation Hut).....
Turn map Directions & comments
At the intersection of Valley of the Waters Track & Nature Track Start heading along Valley of the Waters Track (a walking track).
There is a toilet (about 40 m back from the start).
There is a car park (about 35 m back from the start).
After 40 m find the "Conservation Hut" (8 m on your right).
Conservation Hut
Conservation Hut

Conservation Hut is a small cafe perched above the Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park. The hut was opened in 1963 as a meeting place for the local conservation movement. Rebuilt, Conservation Hut opened as a cafe in 1993, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Around the Conservation Hut is a small parking area, public toilets, picnic shelters, town water and B&B's. For further information or bookings call (02) 4757 3827.
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Conservation Hut is a small cafe perched above the Valley of the Waters, Blue Mountains National Park. The hut was opened in 1963 as a meeting place for the local conservation movement. Rebuilt, Conservation Hut opened as a cafe in 1993, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. Around the Conservation Hut is a small parking area, public toilets, picnic shelters, town water and B&B's. For further information or bookings call (02) 4757 3827.

After another 5 m pass the picnic table (8 m on your left).
After another 9 m (at the intersection of Valley of the Waters Track & Short Cut Track) turn sharp left, to head along Short Cut Track.
After another 180 m cross the bridge (about 5 m long)
After another 90 m turn right.
After another 250 m (Lyrebird Lookout) turn sharp right, to head along Overcliff Track.
After another 70 m find the "Lyrebird Lookout" (on your right).
Lyrebird Lookout
Lyrebird Lookout

Lyrebird Lookout is a fenced and signposted lookout on the Overcliff Walk, south of the Conservation Hut in the Blue Mountains National Park. The lookout hosts a great view of Sublime Point (right) and Mount Solitary (centre). A welcome gap in the trees reveals this great view.
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Lyrebird Lookout is a fenced and signposted lookout on the Overcliff Walk, south of the Conservation Hut in the Blue Mountains National Park. The lookout hosts a great view of Sublime Point (right) and Mount Solitary (centre). A welcome gap in the trees reveals this great view.

Continue straight, to head along Overcliff Track.
After another 170 m (at the intersection of Valley of the Waters Track & Overcliff Track) turn right, to head along Valley of the Waters Track.
After another 155 m (at the intersection of Valley of the Waters Track & Short Cut Track) continue straight, to head along Valley of the Waters Track.
After another 40 m come to the end.
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Terrain
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Lyrebird Lookout Loop


Grading
Class 3/6
Moderate track
Length 990 m
Time 30 min to 40 min
Quality of track Clear and well formed track or trail (2/6)
Gradient Short steep hills (3/6)
Signage Clearly signposted (1/6)
Infrastructure Limited facilities, not all cliffs are fenced (3/6)
Experience Required Some bushwalking experience recommended (3/6)
Weather Weather generally has little impact on safety (1/6)

Some facilities on route
Toilet: There is one -23 m back from the start.


Order of key facilities on route
ItemFrom StartName & link to notes
Toilet
-23 m[toilet]
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